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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
710ESPN Seattle audio: West podcast

By Mike Sando

Passing along: a link to a conversation on the Seattle Seahawks' most recent preseason game and expectations for the NFC West, courtesy of the Kamenetzky Brothers and 710ESPN Seattle. The latter subject brought to mind oddsmakers' over-under figures for win totals: 11 for San Francisco, 10.5 for Seattle, 7.5 for St. Louis and 5.5 for Arizona. Casinos offer different returns for taking the over or under, and these totals aren't predictions so much as they're set in relation to bettors' expectations.

Last year, we considered projected 2012 win totals from Football Outsiders, but those were made before important variables changed, including the identities of starting quarterbacks for three of four teams. Their 2013 projections are 10.3 for Seattle, 9.7 for San Francisco, 6.5 for Arizona and 5.8 for St. Louis. The figure for the Rams seems quite low after the team posted a 7-8-1 record last season, but with so many young players on the roster, there isn't as much to go on.